Andrew Roberts-Gray

 

About the Component Pieces

 

Andrew Roberts-Gray’s new body of work, “After the Pale King,” uses contrasting materials and processes to create abstract art that oscillates between sculpture and painting.

 

Roberts-Gray’s previous series of abstracted landscapes revealed his interest in contrasting abstraction with representational form, graphic composition with painterly gestures. During the summer of 2014, Roberts-Gray completed “The Pale King” which proved to be a seminal work; the painting is sixteen feet long and has various sculptural elements that rest outside the actual panel. These geometric forms create a dialog with the viewer that informs the painted panel.  Ultimately “The Pale King” marked a departure for the artist:  his new series explodes from the surface to make 3-dimensional, entirely non-objective works.

 

Roberts-Gray starts with discreet elements created from paint, Dibond, cardboard, and paper maché. Roberts-Gray begins exploring relationships between these various “components.” They’re moved around his studio, placed haphazardly together, separated and re-partnered, lost and then found. Through this process, Roberts-Gray discovers relationships between discreet elements: recurring motifs-patterns, rhythms and textures and, over time, common or contrasting elements form connections.

 

The artist applies sharp changes in texture and color with elements like fluorescent mirrored plexiglass and cut steel; he sees this process and his component pieces as “paintings becoming sculptures.” He continues, “…as the works evolve, each gains an identity which eventually informs how the work is resolved.”

The Pale King 84x160x40 15000.jpg
The Pale King 84x160x40 15000.jpg

The Pale King 84x160x40

Yes My Queen
Yes My Queen

Yes My Queen

The Sandman
The Sandman

The Sandman

JESTER B
JESTER B

Jester B

Flare
Flare

Flare

WW 24x48x2  4500.jpg
WW 24x48x2 4500.jpg

WW 24x48x2

Study for Nothing 45x48x2 5000.jpg
Study for Nothing 45x48x2 5000.jpg

Study for Nothing 45x48x2

Relationship 24x48x2   4500.jpg
Relationship 24x48x2 4500.jpg

Relationship 24x48x2

Quencher 47x28x2 4500.jpg
Quencher 47x28x2 4500.jpg

Quencher 47x28x2

Love 51x48x2 5000.jpg
Love 51x48x2 5000.jpg

Love 51x48x2

Interstitial 34x50x2 5000.jpg
Interstitial 34x50x2 5000.jpg

Interstitial 34x50x2

Harlot 24x48x2 4500.jpg
Harlot 24x48x2 4500.jpg

Harlot 24x48x2

Hanger 18 57x48x2 5250.jpg
Hanger 18 57x48x2 5250.jpg

Hanger 18 57x48x2

Fail 47x23x4 3500.jpg
Fail 47x23x4 3500.jpg

Fail 47x23x4

Extroducing 41x48x2 5250.jpg
Extroducing 41x48x2 5250.jpg

Extroducing 41x48x2

Explicit  40x50  5250.jpg
Explicit 40x50 5250.jpg

Explicit 40x50

Elusive 42x48x2  5250.jpg
Elusive 42x48x2 5250.jpg

Elusive 42x48x2

Cut My Mind 37x23x2 3500.jpg
Cut My Mind 37x23x2 3500.jpg

Cut My Mind 37x23x2

Beyond the Time Barrier 34x48x2  5000.jpg
Beyond the Time Barrier 34x48x2 5000.jpg

Beyond the Time Barrier 34x48x2

Acquaintance  36x36x12  4500.jpg
Acquaintance 36x36x12 4500.jpg

Acquaintance 36x36x12